Disabled Access In The Workplace

Disabled Access In The Workplace

Published on Friday 11th June 2021

Many disabled people are seeking to access or stay in employment. A government grant such as Access to Work can help provide practical and financial support for employees who have a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition.

Many disabled people are seeking to access or stay in employment. A government grant such as Access to Work can help provide practical and financial support for employees who have a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition.

 

What resources can the grant provide funding for? 

 

Adaptations to premises 

Ramps provide disabled access into buildings, aiding staff members with physical disabilities. Any ramp to a public building or space will need to comply with Document M and K of the building regulations

 

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Widening Doors disabled access in the work place

Doors can be widened to accommodate a wheelchair or powered chair.

 

 It is recommended that doors be automatic so disabled users can open them unassisted. 

 

Accessible Toilets & Changing Facilities 

Toilet facilities should be available for the disabled with enough room for an assistant if required.

 

access to work grant Assistive Technology

There are different software and equipment that can aid those with learning difficulties and disabilities such as Dyslexia, Deaf or hard of hearing. 

 

Software can include: 

  • Text-to-speech software
  • Screen readers
  • Screen magnifiers

Staff Training

To ensure that disabled employees can successfully integrate into the workplace, training might be offered to colleagues. This can help staff gain understanding and insight into the condition. 

 

How much money will the grant cover?

It is assessed on a case-by-case basis, considering the applicant's eligibility and needs. The applicant must have a paid job, or is about to start or return to one. 

 

The grant may cover 100% of the funding or it could be shared with the employer. For example, if the employee has been working for the company for more than 6 weeks when they apply for the grant; than the employer may have to assistant financially towards any adaptations or aids.

 

The level of grant offered will depend on:

  • Whether the person is employed or self-employed
  • How long they have been in their job
  • The type of help required

Please note that there is a different system in Northern Ireland. 

 

Who should complete the application? access to work grant

The employee must complete the Access to Work application. However, the employer can be included in discussions. 

 

Claim by phoning Jobcentre Plus on:

Telephone: 0800 121 7479
Textphone: 0800 121 7579

Or online: https://www.get-disability-work-support.service.gov.uk/apply/condition

Once the employee has applied, the grant’s team will check for eligibility and may contact the applicant for additional information. 

The employer might be contacted too regarding any adaptation works or staff training.  

 

On-site assessment?

An assessor will visit the place of work to determine the applicant’s needs. 

 

 Approved contractors such as Rapid Ramp may also carryout out a feasibility visit, e.g. to determine if ramped access is possible. 

 

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Please visit for official government website for further information on the Access to Work Grant

Sources:

Employing disabled people and people with health conditions, 25 March 2020 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employing-disabled-people-and-people-with-health-conditions/employing-disabled-people-and-people-with-health-conditions 

Access to work, January 2021 - https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/access-work

 

 


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